Christian Ministries Diploma



The Christian Ministries Diploma is a 69 credit hour program in our School of Ministry designed to lay a solid foundation for effective church ministry.

For a shorter program see our Christian Ministries Certificate.

If you are seeking a 4 year program of study go to our Advanced Diploma or see our Degree Paths.

Christian Ministries Diploma Career and Ministry Opportunities

  • Minister – Associate Pastor, Youth Leader, Director of a Ministry, Missionary
  • Lay Ministry – Bible Teacher, Small Group Leader, Elder, Deacon
  • Senior Pastor – Small Church Pastor, Church Planter (further education is recommended for these positions)

Program Goals

Upon graduation, the student will

  • Have a foundational knowledge of the Bible and its doctrines.
  • Understand how to develop a growing relationship with God, in Christ, through the Spirit.
  • Be well rounded in General Studies including Communication, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Culture and Logic
  • Be able to communicate this knowledge in an effective manner.
  • Be prepared to lead others in church ministry.

It is designed for those seeking part-time employment in church ministry.  Those seeking to enter full-time Christian ministry are encouraged to obtain a 4 year degree. We offer both an advanced diploma and, through our college partners, Bachelor's Degrees.


No Debt Ministry Major

Our tuition is $200 per credit, so your annual cost (based on 24 credits) is only $4,800. All students receive a Vanguard Scholarship of $100 per credit, reducing your annual tuition to only $2,400. The total cost for the Christian Ministries Diploma is $6,900 + fees and books.

A Ministry Major is only available at a private christain college so compare our tuition to the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of over $30,000. We believe we are one of the most affordable option for college level ministry training online or in person.

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Online or In-Person

General Education – 22 credits hours

Required Technology: COM-100 Technology for Public Presentation

Bible Core Classes – 25 credit hours

Core Bible and Theology plus:

Bible Elective

3 credit hours

Select from any BIL 200 or higher level course

THE-250 Theology II

A continuation of Theology I (THE-210). Each topic in Theology I is re-examined in greater depth. Denominational differences are discussed and students are encouraged to investigate and defend the position of their family and church. Prerequisite: THE-210.

Communication – 16 credit hours

COM-210 Communication Theory

3 credit hours

Study the basic concepts, models and theories concerning the role of communication in human behavior. Connect theory to practice in a variety of contexts: interpersonal, group and organizational communication.

COM-220 Rhetoric

4 credit hour

An introduction to rhetorical theory and practice. A historical overview of the classical foundations of Western rhetorical theory with and emphasis on Greek and Roman contributions. Learn to apply theoretical theories and principles to contemporary issues.

COM-330 Interpersonal Communication

3 credit hours

An introduction to the practices and principles of interpersonal communication in both dyadic and group settings. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate interpersonal communication skills, apply basic principles of group discussion, and manage conflict in interpersonal communication situations.
MIN-320 Principles of Preaching or COM-310 Advanced Public Speaking

Principles of Preaching

3 credit hours

A comprehensive study of the types and principles of sermon construction and delivery. Original sermons will be prepared, delivered and critiqued. Prerequisite: BIL-130.

Advanced Public Speaking

3 credit hours

A comprehensive study of the types and principles of public communication construction and delivery. Original speeches will be prepared, delivered and critiqued. Prerequisite: COM-120.

MIN-420 Art of Preaching or COM-101 Introduction to Theater

Art of Preaching

3 credit hours

A study of techniques for enhancing the communication of God's Word through creative preaching. Incorporation of media, drama, music and other artistic forms will be studied along with the process of developing the ideas. Original sermons will be prepared, delivered and critiqued. Prerequisite: MIN-320.

Introduction to Theater

2 credit hours

An introduction to the dramatic arts by examining the history, terminology and basic techniques of the theater.

Ministry – 6 credit hours

MIN-210 Pastoral Care and Counseling

3 credits

This course we will consider both theories of pastoral care and specific interventions for predictable human needs including death, illness, trauma, birth, marriage, divorce, life passage celebrations, etc. Basic care and counseling methods will be discussed in relation to typical situations faced in pastoral ministry.
MIN-290 Ministry Practicum

3 credit hours

Apply your ministry training in a real-world setting. Build practical skill and gain experience through work in a Church or para-church setting.